Artist Commission – Mereside (Blackpool)/ New West Division Police Headquarters

A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.  LeftCoast

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A new opportunity has arisen for an artist commission to develop a new piece of work, in partnership with the communities of Mereside, Blackpool for the new police headquarters.

 LeftCoast have been working with the communities of Mereside for the past 12 months through Mereside at Play, a project to creatively explore the green spaces of the estate. This project will come to fruition in autumn 2017 through the redevelopment of one of Mereside large green spaces into a playful space designed with the under 4’s in mind. Through this consultation we have developed a partnership with the police and the new police station being built opposite the estate.

 The build of the new police station is a great opportunity for the police to work closely with the community that they will soon be part of. The developers have offered schemes such as skills open days on the site, and the police have identified the option to install a new art work, created with the surrounding community within their main entrance.

This is an exciting opportunity to create something innovative and unique that will become part of the fabric of the police station and the place, bridging the gap between community and police.

Please see the full Mereside Artist Brief for more information.

 

Call for Artists and Performers: SpareParts: On the Move

SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion. For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach

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SpareParts is the UK’s only Free Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion.

For the 4th edition of SpareParts in 2017 we have partnered with Sandbach Festival of Transport, Cheshire East Council, trAction Festival Crewe, Crewe Town Council and Wyre Council to present SpareParts: On The Move, a touring festival to be featured at three transport festivals.

  • Sandbach Festival of Transport 22nd/23rd April (performance day 23rd)
  • trAction Festival Crewe 8th / 9th July (performance day 8th)
  • Tram Sunday Fleetwood 16th July

Have a look at what happened in 2016 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l03vUQnFXMA&t=1s

THEME: All SpareParts contributors must be art, performance and spectacle that is on, about or utilises transport and travel in creative ways.

This year we will particularly welcome work that can encompass our ‘Future Journeys’ theme.

What we are looking for:

  1. The Great Spare Parts Arts Parade – Artists designed vehicles, bicycles, mobile installations that can take art in the Great Spare Parts Art Parade (existing or new commissions)
  2. Spare Parts Village – Static installations and performances in, on and around vehicles that can form part of the Spare Parts ‘Junk Yard’ Village.
  3. Spare Partists – Strolling or mobile performers, especially with a transport or travel theme, to perform throughout the day and take part in the Parade
  4. Spare Participation –Freelance artists, organisations or participatory arts companies who can help communities develop their own content (vehicles and moving installations) for the festival (especially but not exclusively to create a community designed mobile scooter display team).

See  HERE for full Brief

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Thursday 9th March at 5pm

By email: sp.festproduction@gmail.com – Please put ‘SpareParts 2017 – Expression of Interest’ as subject header

By post: LeftCoast, FYCreatives , 154-158 Church St, Blackpool FY1 3PS

T: 01253 477973

 

Artist Commission – A B&B External Facade

A B&B are looking for proposals from artists or collectives to design and implement work for the external facades of the property. This new façade will be a key recognisable feature

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A B&B are looking for proposals from artists or collectives to design and implement work for the external facades of the property. This new façade will be a key recognisable feature for all guests looking for A B&B.

  • Deadline for submission of proposals – 7pm on Thursday 23 February
  • Shortlisting to take place w/c 13 March following discussions with the Planning Authority

We want an inspiring and engaging façade and we are not being overly prescriptive about what form we see this commission taking. We are interested in receiving proposals across all mediums, from installation and visual art to architecture, design, light and sound.

For more info and the full brief please visit –  https://abandb.wpengine.com/opportunities-for-artists/

A B&B Programme Manager

A B&B have a unique opportunity for an innovative and experienced Programme Manager to lead on establishing and developing A B&B. This is an opportunity to play a leading role in

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A B&B have a unique opportunity for an innovative and experienced Programme Manager to lead on establishing and developing A B&B. This is an opportunity to play a leading role in developing a highly unusual commercial business which will in turn support and host a community hub, cafe and public programme of activities and training. CLOSING DATE 6 MARCH 2017

 

For more information please visit A B&B at https://abandb.wpengine.com/latest-news/

Introducing LeftCoast Studio….

LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will

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LeftCoast Studio is our new artist development programme, which will create connections between local creative talent and LeftCoast’s commissioned arts organisations, production teams and all the creative professionals that will be delivering our major, ambitious projects over the coming years.

LeftCoast Studio will offer shadowing, mentoring and practical work experience opportunities across our entire programme, to make sure that up and coming locally based creative people are given the chance to learn and develop their skills alongside world renowned artists and creative practitioners. We want to open up the world of exciting opportunities working within the Creative Industries both in Blackpool, Wyre, the Fylde Coast and further afield.

We’re interested in hearing from creative students, recent graduates, people in the early stages of their creative careers, or anyone just thinking about developing a creative career who would be keen to take on work experience opportunities and voluntary activities. Also from developing artists & creative practitioners who are keen to expand their skills & knowledge to build their cv’s and portfolios within small scale paid opportunities.

Some examples of the types of opportunity we will create include:

  • Working alongside artists on commissioned projects
  • Working alongside producers, curators and project managers
  • Performance & Choreography
  • PR, Marketing & Social Media
  • Documentation, Photography & filmography
  • Front of House, hospitality and audience management
  • Volunteer Co-ordination
  • Technical production management, staging / rigging, lighting etc
  • Costume, Hair, Make Up – design & make
  • Set design & build

We will have opportunities across 3 levels of experience:

  • Placements – for people who want a first taste of working on a creative project, short term and focused placements, which will give you a practical insight into working in the creative sector.
  • Assistants – for people who want to test out which areas of creative work they’d be good at, and really learn on the job the skills needed to make it in the creative world. A mixture of short and longer term placements, that give you specialist mentoring from industry experts and get you directly involved in the making and delivering one of our projects.
  • Associates – for people who are already fairly clear about their career path and have some experience of delivering and making work happen. These will be specific job roles and will be paid, but will still offer the chance to learn on the job and provide you with specialist industry mentoring whilst you’re playing an important role in making our project happen!

If you’re interested in being considered for a LeftCoast Studio opportunity, please click HERE and tell us a bit about yourself & attach a CV if you have one.

Don’t worry if you don’t hear from us straight away, lots of exciting projects are coming up, so we’ll be in touch as soon as we have a suitable opportunity to let you know how to apply, or to invite you in for a brief conversational interview.

 

Join our Team

LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national

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LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national initiative by Arts Council England to engage people in the arts that don’t currently do so.

We’ve got an ambitious and exciting few years coming up and we are looking  for an experienced Communications and Audience Development Manager to lead LeftCoast’s communications.

Based in Blackpool, this role carries responsibility for communications, marketing and audience development activity.

LeftCoast’s programme is managed by a consortium comprising of Blackpool Council Cultural Services, Wyre Council, Merlin (The Tower), Blackpool Grand Theatre, Jobs Friends and Houses and Blackpool Coastal Housing the latter being the lead consortium partner and host organisaton.

Please see our Job Pack for full details.

If you would like an informal chat about the role or want to find out more please contact: Maggie Saxon, Interim Director, LeftCoast:  maggie.saxon@leftcoast.org.uk

For an application form please click HERE

Closing date: noon on Friday 2nd September 2016

Interview date: Wednesday 7th September 2016

Volunteer at ABSENT Swop Your Time for Tickets!

We are keen to find people willing to volunteer their time to be ‘Front of House’ volunteers as part of ABSENT.

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Are you interested in seeing the outstanding production of ABSENT at the Winter Gardens but not sure you can afford the tickets?

You can now volunteer your time in exchange for an exciting opportunity with LeftCoast’s latest collaboration – ABSENT.

If you have some free time and would like to see the show and behind the scenes of this fantastic production, from theatre company dreamthinkspeak, then this is the opportunity for you!!

We are keen to find people willing to volunteer their time to be ‘Front of House’ volunteers as part of ABSENT. We are now excited to be able to offer you a discounted £5.00 Golden ticket for the show (normally £17.50) if you volunteer some of your time to be part of ABSENT.

We require volunteers for 4 hr shifts over the 3 weeks of the production. We are offering one £5.00 Golden Ticket for each 4 hour shift that you  agree to cover, up to a maximum of 4 Golden tickets. We will also cover reasonable travel expenses.

About ABSENT

ABSENT is a piece of theatre being created in the Winter Gardens, in and around the Pavillion Theatre, by internationally acclaimed company dreamthinkspeak, led by Tristan Sharps. ABSENT takes you on a theatrical journey along a maze of rooms and corridors that are inexplicably transforming before your very eyes. Mixing film, architecture and vast model-making installations with a haunting soundtrack, you will enter a kaleidoscopic world that shifts between Blackpool’s past, present and future to create a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

The Role

You will be operating in the foyer areas of the building, which will be dressed as a hotel reception. You will help collect tickets, direct the audience and ensure that the performance runs smoothly.  Most importantly, you will be “in role” as hotel staff. You will be provided with a costume and full training will be given.

There will also be a workshop with the Artistic Director to familiarise you with the performance, your role and the set.

There is no script to learn and prior acting experience is not necessary, however, it is integral to the success of the performance that you are able to fully commit to the role and assume the identity of the ‘Front of House Clerk’ whilst participating.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed company, renowned for producing ground breaking and evocative theatre. Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in theatre, enjoy acting, or would just like to do something exceptional and exciting; this is an opportunity not to be missed.

 

Specifics:

  • 4 hour shifts
  • Full training and costume provided
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18
  • You must be able to attend the training session.

Show Dates

Please apply even if you can only commit to one of these weeks.

20- 25th August 2016

12-16 September 2016

25- 29 September 2016

 

To apply contact:   Kimberley Towler kimberleytowler@hotmail.com  or   07989202447 (Available Mon- Sun)

 

LAST CALL FOR MOVIE STARS!

This is the last call for any one wanting to be involved in 1950s short film as part of the ambitious and intriguing performance work ABSENT

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Do you dream of being a movie star? Would you like to experience being on a set with full make up, professional film crew and 1950s costume? Then this is the opportunity for you!

This is the last call for any one wanting to be involved in 1950s short film as part of the ambitious and intriguing performance work ABSENT at Blackpool Winter Gardens by world-renowned performance company dreamthinkspeak.

You will be dressed as glamorous guests at a stylish 1950s setting in the world famous Winter Gardens Hotel.

Everyone is welcome especially people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50’s

You will need to be available on the following dates : AUG 17th (for two hours) and AUG 18th (all day) and be 18 or over.

This really is your last chance so if you are interested please contact Regina TODAY to confirm your availability and costume size. reginacoulon@live.co.uk

First come, first serve. This is your time to be a star!

About ABSENT

Tristan Sharps’ exquisite promenade installation leads theatregoers down the deserted corridors of an imaginary hotel into a mysterious maze-like underworld.                                                                                                                                                                           THE GUARDIAN

Fleeting, maddening and unbearably heart-rending.                                                                                                                                    THE TELEGRAPH

A beautiful work in terms both of what it puts together and how, and of what it leaves for us to fill ourselves.                            FINANCIAL TIMES

 A requiem for both a place and a person, “Absent” is at once absolutely compelling and deeply sad.                                         NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

 

 

 

PAID USHER ROLES FOR ABSENT

We are recruiting for a pool of 40 Ushers to be part of ABSENT. Audience members are not guided or led through ABSENT, they are left to their own devices

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We are recruiting for a pool of 40 Ushers to be part of ABSENT.

Audience members are not guided or led through ABSENT, they are left to their own devices to discover the route as they go. Along the route, Ushers will be in costume and “in role” as members of the hotel staff. Although there is usually no direct verbal interaction with the audience (unless initiated by an audience member who might need help) the presence of each member of staff is crucial to the surreal and slightly unsettling effect of the whole experience.

The health and safety of audience members is a crucial part of the role (full training provided). There will also be a workshop with the artistic director which will focus on “in role” audience management and developing a sense of presence.

– 4 hour shifts

– Full training provided including health and safety

– ROP is National Living Wage.

– Please only apply if you are 18+ years of age.

Important dates below. Please note you must be available on one of the training days.

Training

2 – 7pm August 13th/14th

SHOW DATES

*Please apply even if you are only available for some of the dates. The maximum amount of shifts available per person is 4 per week.

The show is on all day and the work is in 4 hour shifts.

19th – 25th August

12th – 16th September

25th – 29th September

We are very sorry we cannot offer these shifts to those already employed at The Grand Theatre.

Please send a cover letter and CV to nataliew@blackpoolgrand.co.uk by 10am on the 25th July 2016

 

Join our Team!

LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national

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LeftCoast is an exciting and ambitious Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme to develop arts engagement across Blackpool and Wyre. The programme is part of a major national initiative by Arts Council England to engage people in the arts that don’t currently do so.

We’ve got an ambitious and exciting few years coming up – where else can you work on developing a disused hotel into an artist designed B&B one day and a re-imagining of King Kong the next?

A key aspect to Creative People and Places is the empowerment of the local community to take the lead in developing arts programmes in the areas in which they live. Within its first three years of existence, LeftCoast has been a significant catalyst for change, accelerating cultural momentum across Blackpool and Wyre. It’s a tough job and that’s why we need the best candidate to join us in delivering our work.

We are looking for an experienced Programme Manager to lead LeftCoast and its dedicated team during the delivery and evaluation stages of this programme.

Based in Blackpool, this role carries responsibility for effective programme management, leading the delivery team and a complex range of projects spanning all art forms from small grassroots workshops to major international artists. You will be an excellent collaborator, experienced at generating momentum, realising ambition and following through to fruition.

LeftCoast’s programme is managed by a consortium comprising of Blackpool Council Cultural Services, Wyre Council, Merlin (The Tower), Blackpool Grand Theatre, Jobs Friends and Houses and Blackpool Coastal Housing the latter being the lead consortium partner and host organisaton.

Please see our LeftCoast Programme Manager Job Pack for full details.

If you would like an informal chat about the role or want to find out more please contact: Maggie Saxon, Interim Director, LeftCoast:  maggie.saxon@leftcoast.org.uk

For an application form please click HERE

Closing date: noon on Friday 29th July 2016

Interview dates: Thursday 4th August, Thursday 11th August (second interviews)

Volunteer with us at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities then join us for a Mount Tea Party on Thursday 7th July, 2pm-5pm at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood. Due to the success of

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If you are interested in volunteering opportunities then join us for a Mount Tea Party on Thursday 7th July, 2pm-5pm at the Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood.

Due to the success of our exceptional and exciting arts and creativity workshop programme, which runs throughout the year including school holidays, we are on the lookout for volunteer workshop assistants.

You don’t need to have any prior experience but you do need to be over the age of 18. You may be a parent or grandparent who already attends our workshops, or you may be looking for some hands on experience to boost your career (and your CV!)

With superb views, reaching as far as the Lake District on a clear day, the Mount is a spectacular and beloved landmark of the North West coastline. After being closed to the public for many years, LeftCoast has reopened and reanimated the space, utilising the building as a creative hub for children and young people.

The Mount is currently undergoing a revival as Wyre Council restores the seaward side of the Grade II registered gardens to their original 19th century design. A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform the landward side including pavilion, rose garden and gate lodge is also being developed. Find out more at wyre.gov.uk/themount

If you are interested in volunteering with us, or if you would just like to find out more about LeftCoast, join us at a pop up tea party in the Mount on Thursday July 7th, 2pm to 5pm. There is no need to RSVP, just pop in, we would love to see you.

Freelance stage craft opportunities for a whole range of disciplines in Blackpool this summer

We have lots of opportunities for stage crafts available this summer in Blackpool.

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We have lots of opportunities for stage crafts available this summer in Blackpool. Come and join internationally acclaimed dreamthinkspeak who are creating an ambitious and intriguing performance work, ABSENT, in a secret location in Blackpool during August and September. The project is commissioned by Blackpool Grand Theatre and LeftCoast.

There are several freelance opportunities available, from production carpenters to sound and lighting technicians and from stage managers to scenic artists.

How to apply:

Please email a CV and cover letter, with the role you are interested in within the subject line to nataliew@blackpoolgrand.co.uk by Monday 6th June, interviews will take place on Thursday 9th June.

Roles available –

Production Carpenters
5th JULY – 18th AUG
(probable 6 day week)
£150 per day (negotiable upward according to exp)

Experience of set-building; able to work to a clean and precise finish; own tools; ability to build from drawings.

LX Technician
JULY: up to 6 days, flexible
AUG: 11th – 20th
£115 per day plus overtime (mainly AUG 11th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently + closely with artistic director on lighting plan and levels.

Sound Technician
JULY: up to 4 days, flexible
AUG: 9th – 20th
£115 per day plus overtime
(mainly AUG 9th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently + closely with artistic director on layout of speakers and sound levels; experience of Q-lab.

Video Technician
JULY: up to 8 days, flexible
AUG: 9th – 20th
£150 per day plus overtime
(mainly AUG 9th – AUG 19)

Able to work independently and problem-solve; logistical skills to plan and deliver complex, multiple video streams;

Company Stage Manager
11TH JULY – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£550 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Multi-tasking role, running from ASM, DSM to CSM duties;
Excellent org & comms skills; calm; able to direct crew in turnarounds; scenic skills desirable; basic technical show ops
Stage Manager
11TH JULY – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£450 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Multi-tasking role; excellent org & comms skills; propping; set-dressing; show-running; basic technical show operation; able to handle large number of performers; calm.
Show Technician
1st AUG – 25th AUG
12th SEPT – 16th SEPT
25th SEPT – 4th OCT
£450 per week basic plus overtime (mainly between AUG 9th – SEPT 25th)

Resourceful all-rounder with working knowledge of LX, sound, visual operation and trouble-shooting; able to work independently and calmly.

Scenic Artist
JULY 12th – AUG 19th
£650 per week

Experience and skill at creating new / clean or old / degraded scenic finishes; able to effectively manage a team of scenic painters and volunteers; good organizational skills.
Scenic Painters x4
JULY 11th – AUG 19th
£500 per week

Solid painting skills to clean and precise finish; some set dressing required.

Crew 1 4 – 8 required on various dates
JUNE: 7th
JULY: up 6 days (dates TBC)
AUG: 8th – 19th (6 – 12 days TBC)
SEPT: 12th, 16th, 25th
SEPT 29th – OCT 4th (2 – 6 days)

£10 per hour

Strong, reliable, hard-working crew for lifting and carrying scenery and props; rigging & de-rigging of scenery.
Crew 2 Set dressing crew 4 – 8 required on various dates
AUG 16th, 18th, 25th
SEPT: 12th, 16th, 25th, 29th

£10 per hour

Scenic dressing and prop rigging / de-rigging; precise and able to work to time constraints; work under SM team
Costume Designer
Completely flexible

£2500
Very coordinative role; excellent comms + logistical skills for planning multiple costuming scenarios, including for up to 150 volunteers; confident to coordinated teams of costume + hair and make-up assistants.

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